Growing Chefs! Ontario

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Speaker: Andrew Fleet
Session: Healthy Food Prepared by Youth For Youth

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Growing Chefs! Ontario

  1. 1. Growing Chefs! Ontario Growing Chefs! is dedicated to uniting chefs, growers, educators and community members in food education projects for children and youth
  2. 2. the mission... To get kids excited about wholesome healthy food! Growing Chefs! Ontario: provides children with the confidence, knowledge and enthusiasm to grow and prepare local, seasonal and healthy cuisine
  3. 3. GROWING COMMUNITIES COMMUNITY BASED CULINARY AND AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMING FOR YOUTH
  4. 4. Growing Chefs! Growing Communities Summer Camp After School Programs Youth Groups Community Centres Conferences Farmers’ Markets
  5. 5. Growing Communities By The Numbers 2012/2013: - Over 90 cooking classes offered in partnership with over 15 community organizations - Over 140 paid hours for youth chef apprentices - Over 900 children/youth participants (ages 3 – 24)
  6. 6. What makes Growing Communities successful?: • Portable • Properly trained Instructors • Partnerships • Adaptability • Community Givebacks
  7. 7. THE HISTORY OF GROWING COMMUNITIES COOK IT UP! A Food education and skill building program for at-risk youth Facilitated by: The London Community Resource Centre And The Middlesex London Health Unit
  8. 8. LONDON COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE: Cook It Up! A How-To Manual Cook It Up! How-to Manual Planning, Implementing, & Evaluating a Community-based Cooking Program London Community Resource Centre London, ON http://lcrc.on.ca > Resources > Food Security Resources and Reports November 1, 2010 For information, please contact: Linda Davies, Executive Director London Community Resource Centre 652 Elizabeth Street. London, Ontario N5Y 6L3 phone: 519-432-1801 e-mail:linda@lcrc.on.ca > Cook It Up!
  9. 9. DESIGNING COOKING AND FOOD SKILLS PROGRAMS • Is it Interesting? • Is it Engaging? • Is it Useful? • Is it FUN?
  10. 10. INTERESTING ENGAGING USEFUL Will the participants want to eat what they make? FUN
  11. 11. INTERESTING • • • ENGAGING USEFUL FUN Understand what the kids you are working with have to gain from the activity Organize and deliver the activity in a way that is relevant to the participants. What are they learning in school that they can relate the activity to?
  12. 12. Example: Salsa EXAMPLE #1 Children who are 3 – 7 years Skills: measurement (math), following a recipe (literacy), identifying ingredients (geography/history), following instructions in a specific order, cleaning up.
  13. 13. EXAMPLE #2 Children who are 8-12 years Skills: • Some chopping with safe choppers • washing/cleaning produce • food safety • seasoning exercise • managing work space • mis en place
  14. 14. EXAMPLE #3 Youth Ages 13- 18 Skills: • knife skills • altering recipes • washing/cleaning produce • Seasoning • Meal planning • historical/geographical/ cultural context • following detailed/complex instructions
  15. 15. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY GROWING COMMUNITIES FUND
  16. 16. GROWING COMMUNITIES FUND • Contributing Partners: Libro Financial Group The Joseph Rea Fund for the Environment The London Community Foundation The Springs Restaurant Kantina Restaurant Milo’s Craft Beer Emporium
  17. 17. Thank You!

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